The Harry Potter series

Yesterday I finished this series. And firstly I’ll tell you a little fact: I started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone years ago, yes, but I gave up because reading in English was yet too hard. But now, in April, I finally gave it a second try, but I never intended to read the whole book. My goal was just to test if I could read in English, there was this other book I wanted in either English or Swedish. But once I had started reading, I was forever lost. No way I’d stop once started, there isn’t a dull page in any of those seven books! Never have I read something on this level!

Doesn’t everyone wish to go to Hogwarts after meeting Dumbledore, Harry, Hermione and Ron?

Imagine looking into the Mirror of Erised, seeing… What? Imagine feeling the wind through your hair when you’re flying on a broomstick. Imagine waving the wand you bought at Ollivander’s and say a spell. Imagine putting on the Sorting Hat at your first day at Hogwarts, hearing it talk inside your head and discuss all your talents with itself before calling out a House. Just take a moment and feel it. Do you feel it; the little spark? That’s the thing about opening your heart: once something has gotten in there and found it’s place, you’re forever bound to it. I let these books in and they’re never going to leave me. And whenever I feel lonely or lost I’ll search in my heart and find a smiling Dumbledore telling me to remember what has kept me going, I’ll find Harry and his scar will remind me of how he fought – and won – against all odds, I’ll find Hermione telling me to go to the library because if the answer can’t be found there then she’ll look it up herself, and I’ll find Ron saying, with a grin, I have to turn on the light.

I don’t know what you think but I’m glad I read these books. Blimey, there are so many things to learn from them. Bravery. Hope. Wisedom. See the light. Be the light. If you can’t, then let Dumbledore’s Army light the world up for you and remember their courage at the darkest of times.

Remember Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin; where it all started.

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Hi! It has been a while since I last wrote here, at least a book review. However, here’s my review of this amazing book!

Goodreads synopsis: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? 

So basically, I loved it. It was beautiful and heart warming, funny, and sad sometimes. Just the book you want a rainy day. Alex really had this teenage spirit, while Henry was more deep minded. Henry thought about things and their meaning, I guess their isn’t very much else to do when you live in a big castle mostly left having to be your own company.

While reading I never really got an answer to what Ellen achieved as the president. Why should people vote for her? I liked that it was an AU and really was in our time.

The book references! Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I had a good laugh at it all. SO much fun.

Favorite character: I must say the Prince, Henry. He was so sweet and funny.

My rating: 4, it’s a great book (it’s a debut too!) but she could have made more things happen, problems and solutions.

Goodreads rating: 4.25


Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.

This is so true. Find a reason and go for it, worrying isn’t going to help you.

“You are”, he says, “the absolute worst idea I’ve ever had.”

But he must admit, it was a pretty good one too.

Take anything you want and know you deserve to have it.

This is something that could lead you through a lot of things but also guide you into a lot of shit.

History, huh?

History.

I don’t care what Joanne has to say, Remus John Lupin is gay as the day is long, and I won’t hear a word against it.

Agreed, and wow, that’s our Henry!

I’ve waited for this book for months wondering if it’s all worth it. Now, when I finished it less that two days after I got it, I know the answer. Yes, it was worth it. Worth waiting. Worth reading.

Klimatkrisen

Klimatkrisen är just det – en kris. Det fanns de som nekade faktumet (bevisad fakta) att vi människor påverkar planeten på ett sätt som inte kommer att hålla i längden. Vi släpper ut mer koldioxid än naturen kan ta upp, skövlar fler träd än vad som är hållbart, slänger skräp efter oss när soptunnan står några meter bort, dumpar skräp i havet; låter det sjunka för att sedan inte längre synas. Nu när sopsäcken inte längre är inom synhåll är problemet inte längre mitt, bördan kan jag nu enkelt plocka från mina axlar och låta kastas över bord tillsammans med skräpet.

Vi kan inte fortsätta såhär; naturen protesterar, alla arter protesterar och ändå finns det de som vänder huvudet bort för att istället se mot fabrikerna som massproducerar kläder som ska bäras vid några få tillfällen och skyskraporna som blir högre och högre. Detta fungerar inte.

Att neka klimatkrisen kanske kändes som en lösning förut, men det var det inte. Ett problem löser sig inte själv, då vore det inget problem. En kris liknar ett problem; det löser sig inte själv. Skillnaden är att krisen inte kan skjutas upp till morgondagen. Den måste behandlas omedelbart.

Det räcker inte längre att göra allt vi kan. Vi måste nu göra det omöjliga.

Ur Greta Thunbergs tal i Sommarpratarna

Kanske låter det deppigt, det kan kännas så. Men nu måste man väga för- och nackdelar. Vad är värt att göra det omöjliga för? Om inte din egen framtid känns som en anledning gör det då för alla andras framtid, för barnet som ännu inte är fött, för skolbarnen som gungar i lekparken och fnissar om vad de vill jobba med som vuxna. Hur de vill gifta sig, hur de vill bo och leva. Gör det för alla andra, för naturen och de arter som inte kan stå upp för sig själva.

Jag är vegetarian sedan ett år tillbaka. Att äta mindre kött, cykla eller åka kollektivt dit man ska, tvätta i lägre temperatur och köpa mer second-hand är en utmärkt start. Någonstans måste man börja på vägen mot en lösning. Tveka aldrig med att prova, vara annorlunda eller ge saker en chans.

Att se problem, att förstå det, är det första steget mot ett sätt att bekämpa det. Än finns det många som vet att klimatkrisen är ett faktum men inte vågar se det i ögonen och visa att man kan göra skillnad. Fler och fler vaknar upp ur dvalan och vill göra något. Var en av dem, känn inspirationen till att plocka skräp eller klimatstrejka. Kanske vill man inte göra något stort som att strejka utan börjar mindre. Jag är själv en av de som börjar mindre. Mitt mål är att vara med och strejka eller övertyga andra att ta krisen i egna händer. Sätt upp ett mål och jobba mot det.

Våga vara modig.

Update and names!

It’s a while ago since I last wrote here. Why? Tbh, I’ve just not felt like writing something. I write reviews in a book (did long before I started this blog actually) and I’ve just stuck with that recently. Right now I’m waiting to get Winter (by Marissa Meyer) and reading the last Harry Potter book. When it’s finished I’ll probably write a post about the whole series, just some thoughts and questions, maybe?

Summer break has been kinda boring here, I mean, what do people do with this much free time? Since I’ve no idea, helping my parents with some stuff at home has my best option.

Since I love to write, I tend to have problems finding names to name my characters. Am I the only one with an actual list of names (from books, movies etc.) that I like? Sadly I lost that list some days ago… Buuuut, here’s some of my favorites:

  • Lexa/Alexa/Lexi. When I heard ‘Lexa’ in The 100 I totally fell in love with it! These names are just beautiful!
  • Zacharias. Heard of someone at school with this name and I was like ‘oh! I need to remember that one for my list!’.
  • Florian. Feels like the perfect summer name to me! This one’s defenitely going to be the name of a character sometime.
  • Andromeda. I’m an astronomy nerd, therefore I also like Bellatrix, Orion and Sirius. Bellatrix was a really beautiful name, then I heard of Bellatrix in the Harry Potter series and now I like it even more! When I first heard of her I was like ‘oh no, please don’t ruin this amazing name for me…’. Believe me, to me it just got even more amazing after meeting Bellatrix Lestrange. She’s such a bad ass!
  • Marisol. It’s a Spanish name, it can mean ‘mar y sol’ which is Spanish for ‘sea and sun’. I also like Sol as a name, it’s short and really lovely.
  • Midnight. It’s such a mysterious name. She was wandering the streets when the darkness had fallen, always in the shadows, hidden and safe in the dark. Her/his name was Midnight.

I don’t know what kind of post this is, I just felt like writing it. My name-list is still very short (I need to find the old one…) so if anyone’s got any names, you’re very welcome to comment them here.

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